OSU defensive tackle Noke Tago played football for the first time in high school. / Corvallis Gazette-Times

While most redshirt sophomores on the Oregon State football team have played the sport for years, it’s still new to Noke Tago.

Tago, a defensive tackle from American Samoa, played rubgy throughout most of his youth.

He started football in 2011.

Tago redshirted in 2012 and then played mostly on special teams last season.

He did have a tackle against California and one against Washington, including half credit for a one-yard loss.

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Tago has been working with defensive line coach Joe Seumalo and his teammates to develop as a player.

“So far, I’m doing good with my d-line,” Tago said. “Some of the older guys are helping me out with their experience so that I can know what to do to improve myself.”

He played on the punt and field goal teams in the win over Portland State.

“I didn’t have a chance to play, but the thing is you’ll get your time,” he said.

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Kevin Hampton is sports reporter for the Gazette-Times. He can be reached at 541-758-9519 or kevin.hampton@lee.net.